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					The Volunteer                                                               March 2010

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas Volunteer Newsletter

  Race for Wishes
  Wish Night            Stirring Up Wishes With
                              Betty Crocker
  G’Nosh Event
  Fogo De Chao
    Special Event

  Texoma Lakefest
    Regatta 2010

  IIDA Auction and   This year, Betty Crocker is Stirring Up Wishes for wish kids, and you can help
    Fashion Show      raise up to $500,000 to help grant more wishes. Just look for specially marked
  Car/Truck          Betty Crocker® products in your grocery store starting in March – for every
    Donations         specially marked product purchased, Betty Crocker will donate 10¢ to the
  Shop Creative      Make-A-Wish Foundation, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000
    Memories          and a maximum donation of $500,000. Also, Betty Crocker is giving you some
  House Hunting…     motivation to get baking through Give $5, Get $5! Visit
  Create Change      March 1 - March 31, give $5 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
    with HP!          and get $5 in coupons for your favorite Betty Crocker products.
  Wanted! Wish

  Tanner’s
    Australia Wish!

  Welcome New
    Wish Granters!

  IHOP Thank You
  Draper
    School Thank

  Wish Granter

  February Wishes

                                Wishline                                                                          ®

                                                                                             Scotty Landry
                                                                                            President and CEO

                                                                                             Angel Alajaji
                                                                                            Database Manager

Race for Wishes is less than a month away! On Saturday, March 27th, the 5k
                                                                                           Ashley Amerman
                                                                                           Regional Director of
                                                                                            Program Services
run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk will be held at Williams Square in Las Colinas.
                                                                                            Karen Burgardt
We are anticipating a record breaking turnout and we have already raised                      Wish Manager

over $90,000!                                                                             Claire Christensen
                                                                                          Development Officer—
                                                                                             Special Events

This is a fun event for the whole family to attend! There will be a “Kids Zone”            Juanita Guerrero
                                                                                              Wish Manager
which will include face-painting, bounce houses, games, clowns, a Caricature
                                                                                             Misty Hopper
artist, crafts and more! Even Miss Dallas and Miss Fort Worth will be there                     Accountant

along with the Mayor of Dallas, Tom Leppert! Don’t forget to invite your family,          Jessica Kolkmeyer
friends and co-workers to join you as you support the Make-A-Wish Founda-                 Development Officer—
                                                                                          Wish Night & Wish 100
tion of North Texas!                                                                          Erin Michel
                                                                                   Interim Vice President of Development

Lace up your running shoes, put together a team, and help us bring hope,                      Billie Milner
                                                                                    Vice President of Program Services
strength and joy to our wish kids in North Texas! Register today at                            Kara Park                                                      Development Officer—Annual Gifts

                                                                                             Leslie Pinson
                                                                                            Volunteer Manager

                                                                                         214.496.9474 Phone
                                                                                          214.496.9475 Fax

                                                                                            Robin Alvarado
                         Volunteers are still needed to help out with Race for       Regional Director of Development

                         Wishes! If you aren’t much of a runner, this is your                 Julie Molder
                                                                                   Development Officer—Special Events
                         opportunity to still help out at the race! There are
                                                                                            Jennifer Trotter
                         plenty of ways to help including set-up and                       Regional Director of
                                                                                            Program Services
                         clean-up, passing out food and beverages,
                         registering racers, assisting with the Kid’s Zone, and          817.336.9474 Phone
                                                                                          817.336.9475 Fax
                         cheering on the runners. Many shifts are still
                         available, so feel free to ask your friends and family
                         to join you. If you would like to volunteer and run in
                         the race, you can do both!                                        Sherry Johnson
                                                                                           Regional Director of
                                                                                            Program Services

                         There will be a mandatory volunteer training held on               Susie Watkins
                                                                                      Mission Resource Coordinator
                         Wednesday, March 10th at 7pm at The Hawks
                         Family Foundation Wishing Place and one held on                 903.597.9474 Phone
                                                                                          903.597.9475 Fax
                         Saturday, March 13th at 10am also at The
                         Wishing Place. You are only required to attend one.

                         If you are interested in volunteering or would like                  Tina Corbett
                                                                                     Regional Director of Development
                         more information, please contact the Race for                      Donna Mezera
                         Wishes Volunteer Chairs, Jill Begun at                            Regional Director of
                                                                                            Program Services
                     or Kristin Hemmig at                      Candy Rivera
                                                        Mission Resources Coordinator

                                                                                         432.683.9474 Phone
                                                                                          432.683.9441 Fax


                 Wish Night: The Greatest Wish on Earth

Many people have already expressed interest in volunteering for Wish Night, but we are still
recruiting volunteers to lend a helping hand. You do not have to be an official Make-A-Wish
volunteer to work a shift at Wish Night, so this is a great way to introduce your friends to the
Foundation. We will be hosting two Wish Night volunteer orientations in April to train those who
have signed up to work the event. If you are interested in volunteering for the evening of Wish
Night, you must attend one of the following orientations.

          Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m.
                                              OR        Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

For more information about Wish Night volunteer opportunities, please contact Terri Trainer our
Wish Night Volunteer Chair, at

Would you or your company be interested            We have had some GREAT items come in,
in becoming a Wish Night Sponsor? Do you           but we are in need of your help! The
have a recommendation for a company that           Greatest Wish on Earth auction committee
would be interested? If so please contact          needs volunteer assistance in preparing for
Sponsorship Chairs Allegra & Rob Feito,            and executing what is sure to be the best or Sponsorship             Wish Night auction ever! We need
Co-chairs Kyle and James Huckaby,                  dedicated volunteers to help solicit auction Thanks for helping             items. Any donations of items for the
make Wish Night 2010 the greatest Wish             auction such as restaurant gift certificates,
Night of them all!                                 spa packages, sports memorabilia, Summer
                                                   Musical tickets, etc...are greatly
**Remember, if you bring in a NEW                  appreciated.
sponsorship of $3,000 or more—you will
receive a FREE couples ticket!                     If interested in helping with the auction,
                                                   please      contact      Travis Dillon,
                                          or Caonha
                                                   Tran, Thank
Stay tuned for the 2010 WISH NIGHT:                you for helping us continue to make wishes
     The Greatest Wish on Earth                    come true!


        When: Friday, March 19th at 7pm
        Where: G'nosh Frisco
               3401 Preston Road, Suite 16
               Frisco, TX 75034

So what is a "G'nosh!"? It’s a place for individuals to
express their own unique creativity while they paint
their masterpiece. Invite your family, co-workers
and friends to join you and share a glass of wine, or
other beverage of your choice, while an instructor
takes you step by step through creating your own
painting. G'nosh is about the experience. What you create is your interpretation of that experience and
at the end of the night, you'll have your own masterpiece to show off to family and friends.

The G’nosh event last month was such a hit, G’nosh has decided to host another Make-A-Wish
benefit night. It is $40 to attend and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of
North Texas. All you have to do is register for the March 19th date online at
locations/gnosh-frisco/frisco-event-calendar. We will be creating The House of Jazz painting! It is also
BYOB, so make sure to bring your beverage of choice.

For more information about G’nosh and what it is all about, visit We hope to see you
on March 19th!

 You are cordially invited to a magical evening as we celebrate Zion’s wish to go to Walt Disney World at Fogo De Chao!
                              When: Monday, March 8, 2010
                                     Reservations available at 7:30pm and 8pm.
                              Where: Fogo De Chao
                                     4300 Belt Line Road
                                     Addison, TX 75001
 Fogo De Chao will be hosting the friends of the Make-A-Wish
 Foundation of North Texas for an exclusive event benefitting the
 Foundation. For $50 a person, you will enjoy a full course meal
 including drinks (estimated value, $100). You will also get to
 share the power of a wish® as we send 6-year-old Zion off on a
 Walt Disney World adventure! All proceeds will help make wishes
 like Zion’s come true. Help us send Zion off in style and join us for
 this wonderful event!
 Please RSVP by March 5th to Claire Christensen at or 214.496.5004. Payments will
 be taken prior to the event. Please make sure to bring cash for


                                                            Join us for the 2010 Texoma LakeFest Regatta
                                                            benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North
                                                            Texas on Saturday, April 17th. Last year, they
                                                            were able to raise $16,500 for the Foundation
                                                            and hope to be just as successful this year!
                                                            Watch this amazing event from either the shore
                                                            at Sundance Camp or aboard a luxury spectator
                                                            yacht. Tickets are $5 and $10 per person

After all of the great racing action, stick around and party with the racers at Lakefest's legendary
Shipwrecked Ball starting at 6pm. Admission is $30 for adults, $12.50 for children under 12.
Dinner, catered by Risky’s BBQ of Fort Worth, will be included with admission. Dance the night
away on our indoor sand beach to the sounds of the Island Boogie Steel Drum Band and place a
bid in the silent auction.

To purchase tickets for the spectator yachts, Shipwrecked Ball and authentic regatta shirts, visit:

Calling all volunteers for the International Interior Design Association Auction and Fashion Show!
Join us on Friday, April 23rd at the Aloft Hotel in Dallas for this wonderful event which celebrates
the idea that ―old is new again!‖ We are looking for volunteers to fill shifts from 5 - 8:30 p.m. and
8:15 - 11pm. Volunteers will assist with check-in and check-out as well as assist with the         auc-
tion. Attire for the event is cocktail. Please email Leslie Pinson with your preferred shift if you are
interested in volunteering at

                         Aloft Hotel
                     1033 Young Street
                    Dallas, TX 75202-4807

For ticket information and other details, please visit:

Did you know that an unwanted car or truck makes a wonderful gift? It does if you donate it to Vehicles for Charity and
choose the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas as your charity of choice. 75% of the profit from the sale of all
donated vehicles made on behalf of the Foundation will be given back to the North Texas Chapter. For more information,
call 1-866-628-2277 or visit:


 Creative Memories has selected the Make-A-Wish Foundation as its charity of choice to benefit from their
 specially created Wishful scrapbook line. This line is full of hope,
 strength and joy and was inspired by Make-A-Wish families. For
 every Wishful product purchased, Creative Memories will donate
 between $1 and $2 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The
 Wishful line is available through the products catalog and at

  Wanting to buy or sell a home? Contact David Marett with
  Keller Williams and he will donate $500 per transaction closing
  to the Foundation when you work with him. Don’t forget to
  mention that you would like your donation to go to the
  Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. For more
  information, please visit:
                           David Marett
                      Phone: 214-649-9985
                                                                        What is a Wish Ambassador? A volunteer
                                                                        trained to conduct special presentations for
                                                                        various groups (service organizations,
                                                                        companies, schools, etc.) in order to share the
                                                                        mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
                                                                        Presentations may include distribution of
                                                                        literature, a speech, a video viewing, and a
You can support the Make-A-Wish Foundation through                      question and answer period. To become a Wish
the Hewlett-Packard Create Change campaign. Through                     Ambassador you must present in front of a
April 30, 2010, the Create Change campaign allows                       panel of staff members. Time commitments vary
customers to shop at the HP Direct Store and HP will                    on an as needed basis and as the volunteer’s
donate 4 percent of the purchase price to the featured                  schedule permits. If you are interested in this
charity of their choice. For more information about the                 unique volunteer opportunity, please email
Create Change campaign, visit the Make-A-Wish                           Leslie Pinson at
Foundation Create Change page at                  for more information.


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                                                                    Join the Race for Wishes Event


                  I wish to go… to Australia!!!
When 16-year-old Tanner found out he’d be receiving a wish,
he immediately wrote a two page letter telling his wish
granters what he REALLY wanted to do! Tanner explained
that he has always had a passion for the beach and all things
that have to do with the ocean, and he absolutely couldn’t wait
to take an Australian adventure with his family. After listing
several elements of the trip that he was excited about, he
made sure to point out that his number one wish was to scuba
dive at the Great Barrier Reef!

Plans were made, flights were booked and before he knew it,
Tanner and his family were on their way to the land ―Down
Under!‖ After settling into their amazing beachfront hotel,
Tanner got to ride a horse along the beach….truly an
incredible experience. Tanner and his family made sure to find
time to eat Australian specialties and learn the local lingo while
exploring together. Then it was time for the big event…snorkeling in the legendary Great Barrier Reef.
The views were breathtaking and unlike anything Tanner had ever seen before! It was incredible to
witness every kind of sea life in the one of the most beautiful places in the world.

                             Throughout the trip, Tanner was able to see and do things that were
                             beyond his wildest dreams…it was truly the trip of a lifetime! Tanner was
                             so grateful to experience the power of a wish® and the impact it has
                             made in his life will stay with him forever.

                                      Tanner’s Wish Was Generously Sponsored By:
                              The Greg Mitchamore Memorial Golf Tournament
                                                      Wish Granters:
                                                  Mona Burk and Linda Felts

We would like to thank the Mitchamore family for choosing the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North
Texas for the second year in a row to benefit from the annual Greg Mitchamore Memorial Golf Tourna-
ment. This year $15,000 was raised to benefit the Southwest Region and to grant Tanner’s wish to go
to Australia! Thank you so much for making Tanner’s wish come true!

                         THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!


The following people have attended wish granter training in 2010 and joined our Make-A-Wish family as
brand new wish granters. Already, this spirited group of volunteers has signed on and started granting
wishes. Look for these people at upcoming Make-A-Wish events and welcome them to the Foundation!

 Amber O'Rourke        Diane Fullrich           Jim Needham              Ly Ngo                    Sheela Isikwe
 Ann Renee Wilsey      Emily Zazado             Joe Pantoja              Neely Holland             Theresa Smith
 Anna Mendez           Gerado Cisneros          Judy Lakey               Patti Skertchly           Wendy Owens
 Art Chavez            Helen McDaniel           Julie Lindsay            Rick Chavez               Whitney Seago
 Blair DeWeese         Jaclyn Sublett           Kelly Anderson           Roger Beahm               Yonghyun Kim
 Catherine Larbara     Janet Nieto              Kimberly Anderson        Sarah Morrissey
 Charlie Fuentes       Jessica De La Garza      Lee Ann Beahm            Shaun Schimmelman

                                Draper Intermediate School hosted a volleyball tournament in order to raise
We would like to send a         money to help grant wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas!
big warm thank-you to           They were able to raise $700!! That is quite an accomplishment and we ap-
IHOP on Precinct Line           preciate their hard work and support!
in Hurst for donating
15% of their proceeds
on the evening of
February 10th.

In order to earn your magic wand, you must first complete a mandatory Wish Granter Training to learn all the basics of
wish granting.

Spread the word to friends and family, especially if they speak Spanish! If you are interested in the training in March
or June, email Leslie Pinson at to sign-up. And if you are interested in the training in
April, email Jennifer Trotter at

      When: March 6, 2010                When: April 24, 2010                  When: June 19, 2010
             10 a.m.—2 p.m.                     10 a.m.—2 p.m.                        10 a.m.—2 p.m.
      Where: The Wishing Place           Where: SW Regional Office             Where: The Wishing Place
             6655 Deseo                         1407 Texas Street,                    6655 Deseo
             Irving, TX 75039                   Ste.101                               Irving, TX 75039
                                                Fort Worth, TX 76102

                                                                                                         February Wishes
As You Wish...
  Child                            Age          Wish                                                 Wish Granters
  Amar                               6           Walt Disney World                                   Frances Collier
  Andrew                            17           Koi Pond and Zen Garden                             Brandon Warren
  Arnulfo                           14           Room Makeover                                       Beate Jamieson and Lillian Cardenas
  Bailey                            18           Walt Disney World                                   Lara Kitchens and DeAnn Thomas
  Brianne                           13           Walt Disney World                                   Susie Watkins
  Carolina                           7           Trip to the beach in Mexico)                        Juanita Guerrero
  Christopher                       14           Electronics Wish                                    Debbie Campos and Beate Jamieson
  Connor                            12           Winter X-Games                                      Leslie Pinson and Ashley Amerman
  Courtney                          13           Shopping Spree                                      Connie Harper and Liz Spering
  Daniel                             8           Bedroom Makeover                                    Karla Long and Laura Bailey
  Danny                             13           Road Trip with the Mavericks                        Dinorah Sierra and Juanita Guerrero
  Demonte                           17           Electronics Wish                                    Sherry Johnson
  Jorge                              6           Walt Disney World                                   Juanita Guerrero
  Khristian                          3           Big Screen TV                                       Misty Rangel and Ashley Amerman
  Leonardo                          38           Walt Disney World                                   Jacqueline A. Mariscal
  Luke                               6           Daytona 500                                         Angela Glazener
  Maricruz                           9           Bedroom Makeover                                    Kat Davitt
  Meg                                4           Walt Disney World                                   LaRue Diaforli
  Olivia                            11           Shopping Spree                                      Brenda McClain
  Patricia                          15           Gym Membership                                      Paula Austell and Misty Rangel
  Reed                              16           A night out in a Rolls Royce                        Robert Eggleston and Briana Austin
  Rheygan                            9           Room Makeover                                       Mona Burk
  Ricky                              3           Walt Disney World                                   Bryan Delacruz
  Rogelio                           18           Electronics Wish                                    Jennifer Leach and Elizabeth Nguyen
  Santana                            4           Laptop Computer                                     Nancy and Ron Knight
  Trevor                            13           Swimming Pool                                       Paula Austell and Misty Rangel
  Tyler                             13           Drum Set                                            Sharon Bowdish
  Tylondus                          14           Shopping Spree                                      Lasondia Debase and Sarah Neubach
  Yaneli                             4           Sensory Toys                                        Kaye Horchler

                                           Make-A-Wish Calendar of Events
                  March 6, 2010                                                                                               May 8, 2010
                                                                         April 17, 2010
               Wish Granter Training                                                                                           Wish Night
                                                                     Texoma Lakefest Regatta
               @ The Wishing Place                                                                                         @ The Hilton Anatole
                  Email Leslie at                                                                                              Dallas, TX
                                                                          April 23, 2010 if you would like to attend!
                                                                  IIDA Auction and Fashion Show                               June 19, 2010
                   March 8, 2010                                                                                          Wish Granter Training
                 Fogo De Chao Event                                        April 24, 2010                                 @ The Wishing Place
                                                                        Wish Granter Training                                 Email Leslie at
                   March 19, 2010                                   @ Southwest Regional Office       if you would like to
                    G’Nosh Event                                            Fort Worth, TX                                       attend!
                                                                          Email Jennifer at
             RFW Volunteer Training               if you would like to
           March 10, 2010 @ TWP—7pm                                           attend!
           March 13, 2010 @ TWP—10am                                 WN Volunteer Training
                                                                   April 24, 2010 @ TWP—10am
                  March 27, 2010                                                AND
            North Texas Race for Wishes                            April 27, 2010 @ TWP—7pm
                 @ Williams Square
                     Irving, TX

                         For more information about any of these programs, events, meetings or activities,
                                     please contact the Make-A-Wish office at 214.496.WISH.                                                                      9

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